The Kinross Africa Regional Office is located in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, and is responsible for providing senior leadership and back office support to the gold mine sites located in Ghana and Mauritania.
Reporting to the Vice President, External Relations Africa region and a functional link to both site General Managers in Ghana and Mauritania and the Corporate VP Community Relations, this role is responsible for developing international best practice community relations strategies in support of Kinross’ business objectives. This role actively in supports the in-country community relations teams in their efforts to secure and maintain Kinross license to operate at the site and country levels, to maintain positive relations between Kinross and the local community and other relevant stakeholders and ensure alignment and coordination of CR engagement with other functional disciplines. It will also engage across functional disciplines to build consensus around plans, which support the overall Corporate Responsibility strategy of the company.
- Lead the development of community relations strategies within the region that are in line with the global corporate responsibility strategy and ensure full implementation of management standards in the Site Responsibility Plan (SRP), including stakeholder engagement, social impact management, measurement of perception, and issue / grievance management and resolution.
- Support the Company’s community programs/activities in Mauritania and Ghana in order strengthen the company’s license to operate and to maintain effective and cooperative relationships with key stakeholders
- Build strategic partnerships as necessary in order to contribute to Corporate Responsibility strategic goals
- Work closely with the site team at Chirano to ensure that the Chirano Social Closure Plan is implemented according to plans and to Company standards and the reputation of the company is protected
- Work with Regional functional teams and in-country teams in Mauritania to strengthen local business and local hiring initiatives, in line with international best practice
- Support regional project permitting and feasibility study efforts in the areas of stakeholder engagement, social impact assessment, community investment, and other aspects of Corporate Responsibility and Community Relations
- Helps define strategies for Kinross representation as appropriate in local and regional stakeholder forums, organizations and other community groups
- Acquires and maintains knowledge of regulatory guidelines that may impact community relations
- Coordinates with corporate and government affairs, environmental, and health and safety entities in the maintenance of corporate responsibility and community relations strategies
- Advises Region and Site management on Corporate Responsibility issues
- Develop and maintain a network of relevant international/regional contacts for the corporation.
- Supports Kinross programs for effective stakeholder reporting, including Corporate Responsibility Reports and reporting as required within the Site Responsibility Plan (SRP)
- Assist in administering grants and donations programs as necessary
- Support the Social Committee of the Region office in local community relations
- Review best practices and the competitive landscape and recommend continuous improvement in community affairs
- Influence leaders and key stakeholders to buy into community relations change efforts that will result in sustained competitive advantage
- Identify the need for and makes recommendations to the Corporate VP Community Relations to the development / improvement of company - wide standards, procedures, and policies and ensures compliance with industry and professional regulations.
- Other duties as required
Education and Experience
- University degree in communications, geography, social development, sociology or generally related discipline
- 10+ years experience in areas of community relations and community development
- International and emerging markets experience is mandatory
- Experience in Africa would be considered an asset
- Must be fluent in English
- Excellent diplomatic and communication abilities
- Demonstrated leadership
- Ability to foster teamwork
- Experience in negotiating and problem solving
- Experience in developing strategies for enhancing community relations
- Understanding of internationally accepted social, sustainable and corporate responsibility management standards and best practices
- Experience working in international settings
- Previous work in the mining industry would be an asset
- Some capability in French and a commitment to reach advanced level of reading and conversational French would be considered an asset
Applications for this role must be submitted by Sunday July 1, 2018 at 11:59pm EST
Kinross is a Canadian-based gold mining company with mines and projects in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Chile, Russia, Ghana and Mauritania, employing approximately 9,300 people worldwide. Our core purpose is to lead the world in generating value through responsible mining.